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TRY FIFTY-THREE FOR LAUGHS
Tom Mayer
June 10, 1963
A Harvard sophomore, who has given up rowing to concentrate on writing, tells how it was when his crew went to Ithaca by bus to race against Cornell's lightweights in '62
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June 10, 1963

Try Fifty-three For Laughs

A Harvard sophomore, who has given up rowing to concentrate on writing, tells how it was when his crew went to Ithaca by bus to race against Cornell's lightweights in '62

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"Yes," I say.

"Where?"

" Andover."

"What boat were you?"

"First. For two years."

"That's pretty good," he says. My credentials arc in order. We talk about Cornell for a while. They'll be good, he says, which is hardly news. They always are. Penn is in the race, too, but nobody worries about them.

People begin to straggle back onto the bus. Coolidge has us count down, to make sure that everyone is on board. The varsity gets all balled up, counts out of turn. MacMahon, the 6 man, forgets which boat he is on.

Coolidge stands up in the aisle. "Come on, varsity. Count down properly." He is wearing a blue suit with pinstripes, tab collar. His hair is slicked down. He is known as the best-dressed coach on the Charles. The bus starts.

12:30 p.m. We stop for lunch at a roadside rest spot. Stew, from a huge metal barrel, and cheese sandwiches. Richard, Young, Davis Pike (5 on the varsity) and I sit off to one side, watching. The little men eat up. I am very hungry. "Wait'll tonight after the weigh-in," says Richard, "and we'll show 'em what eating is." We laugh. Yann Weymouth, No. 2 in the jayvees, waves some cheese sandwiches at us. We throw pebbles at him. " New York really uses a lot of gravel," says one of our genius types. There is a whole lot of crushed gravel spread around our picnic table.

"So what?" says Pike.

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